• May 18, 2010
Honda may still be dreaming the impossible dream, but it's not helping the company's new HondaJet get off the ground. According to Automotive News, the world won't be seeing the aircraft until 2012. Once upon a time, the Japanese company had planned to take to the skies as soon as this year, but two rounds of delays have pushed that date back by a heady 24 months. The site doesn't say exactly what caused the setback other than a few component issues.

The HondaJet carries an MSRP of $3.9 million and is slated for production in Greensboro, North Carolina. That is, so long as the company can get its ducks in a row.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      hondajet = a huge waste of money and not competitive with Embraer Phenom 100 and Cessna Mustang... could have spent this money on a production NSX! :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hurry up Honda , theres a Hyundai Sonata Jet for US$ 500,000.00 in the work.
      Then will be a Apollo Sonata , A Discovery Sonata, Even a Nemo Sonata.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, Honda has been working on this project for years and years now. I wonder what happened to push it back yet another two years? Perhaps they found some little nasties during flight testing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is by far the ugliest business jet ever made and there is nothing special about it besides the fact that the turbines are placed upward on the wings and everyone is going crazy over it. This plane in business jet world is like saab in the car world, simply not competitive in any way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someday - a flying Ridgeline!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well played, sir. Well played.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least its not doing as bad as the Toyota jet, which accelerates uncontrollably to mach 3 then self-destructs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ... and the Saab Viggen
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad Eclipse Aerospace Inc. could not reorganize faster and start up production again of their cheaper (and already certified) Eclipse 500 jet.

      Too bad I can't afford put either in my fleet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      'Once upon a time, the Japanese company had planned to take to the skies as soon as this year'

      Once upon a time, Honda planned to sell it a LOT earlier than this year. The engine is 10 years old now and they first flew the plane and took orders 5 years ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Captain, we;ve lost the starboard engine!

        • 4 Years Ago
        I've been looking forward to seeing this thing fly. The funky engine placement reduces cabin noise and vibration and its location directly over the landing gear reduces the mass of the engine mounts. Clever.

        The crummy economy certainly can't be helping either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder if this falls into CAFE fuel standards...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess Honda is the highest performing car manufacturer now!
        • 4 Years Ago
        the tail number is N420.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What about Saab, don't they make a fighter jet called the JAS 39 Gripen?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Saab cars has nothing to do with Saab aviation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @rar like guash says Saab aerospace and automotive haven't been related for a while. If I remember correctly(and I might not) it was the early 90s when they split. But you should have said Mitsubishi F-2, which is built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries which is a part of Mitsubishi Group of which Mitsubishi motors is still a part.
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